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President Obama surfed to power on a hip-hop wave. Should British politics try the same thing to engage the youth vote?

Patch William is the Novellos novelty act

The Dizzee and Lily Show is becoming one of the staple double acts of the modern British music scene. First they became the standout male and female solo artists of their generation – garnering critical and commercial success in equal measure. Then this year, they made off with his-and-hers-matching Brits before embarking on a series of dual headline concerts together. Now they look set to dominate yet another prestigious music awards ceremony, this time for songwriting, after being nominated yesterday in four categories for the 55th annual Ivor Novello Awards.

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Lily Allen will battle it out with a group of virtual unknowns championed on Twitter by Stephen Fry for a top songwriting award.

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Florence &amp; The Machine and Dizzee Rascal collaboration to be released

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Ruck and Maul: England may go for Youngs or Johnson could take the Micky

Martin Johnson will announce England's revised squad at Twickenham on Wednesday, with up to five changes permitted on form to the 32 players in last July's version, plus further alterations for injury, suspension or retirement. Some of us head-scratching hacks have a catch-all phrase to cover this process: "What Johnno wants, Johnno gets."

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Tim Davie, the director of audio and music at the BBC, tells Ian Burrell radio must act now or risk being left behind by new media devices

Speech Debelle, Scala, London

Look at you all!" says Speech Debelle, admiring a fairly full house of mostly well-heeled white pseudo-bohemians. "See what the Mercury can do!"

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